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Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC

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1 pm SUNDAY  - Annual Meeting. 

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Zoom phone:  860-787-8839      #800
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Printed copies of the Annual Report are available to be picked up at the Church.  A box will be placed outside, at the office front entrance, for those that would like to pick up a copy.

January 24, 2021
 3rd Sunday of Epiphany

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THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY                                                                     
“As an Open and Affirming church:

      We respect the worth and dignity of all persons who come into our church family regardless of race, age, marital standing, gender, economic status, mental or physical challenges, nationality or sexual
identity.  We promise to support one another in our personal struggles, to understand and accept differences in one another, and pray to strengthen our love and acceptance.”

PRELUDE                                 “Vittoria, Mio Core!” - Giacomo Carissimi                                                                             Lauren Rockwell, Soprano;                                                                               Michael G. Noonan, Pianist   
CALL TO WORSHIP                                      adapted from Psalm 62
            Our souls await God, for there is our hope and fortress. 

God is our rock and salvation, our refuge and deliverer. 

            No matter the time or the need, cry out to God, who listens. 

We are told “all people are valuable in God’s sight.” 

            We are told “do not trust extortion or stolen good”
            for they weigh heavy on the soul. 

Instead we look to the power of our God, who rewards everyone according to what they have done.  May we do God’s work.  Amen

HYMN #43             Love Divine, All Loves Excelling                         Beecher


We await your message, O God of all places and times.  Sometimes we do not like what we hear, but we know we need to listen and ponder your words.  Your message is for all, while we like to make distinctions that favor us and our friends.  You call us out of our comfort zones to do new things and try better ways.  You direct us to reach out to people with whom we seem to have little in common.  Speak your truth to us now, so we can carry it to the places where you want us to go, to the people you are eager to reach.    In Jesus’ name we pray:  Our Father…
      Glory to the Creator, the Christ, the Holy Spirit
      Three in One; As it was in the beginning,
      Is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
PASSING OF THE PEACE        May the peace of Christ be with you.
      And also with you. 
 SCRIPTURE LESSONS                                        Jonah 3:1-10
                                                                             Mark 1:14-20
SERMON                         They Heard and Listened
HYMN #172                  Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult                GALILEE


HYMN #504                           You Walk Along Our Shoreline           Sally Gardens
POSTLUDE                                               “A Festal Fanfare” - J. S. Bach 


Worship Notes
“Vittoria, Mio Core” by Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674). Public Domain. 
“A Festal Fanfare” by J. S. Bach (1685-1750). Public Domain. 
HYMN #43, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, Charles Wesley; Beecher, John Zundel.  Public Domain. 
HYMN #172, Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult, Cecil F. Alexander,  Public Domain; Galilee, William H. Jude.
HYMN  #504, You Walk Along Our Shoreline, Syliva G. Dunstan; Sally Gardens, Trad. Irish Melody.  OneLicense  #97290     

Our soloist today is soprano, Lauren Rockwell. Lauren is a freshman at The Hartt School at University of Hartford majoring in vocal performance and music education. She is a 2020 graduate of Wheeler High School and a former member our Youth Choir. We welcome Lauren home today. 

All Hymns from the (NCH) New Century Hymnal; © 1995 The Pilgrim Press, have been granted permission for this one-time use.      
Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #735340-A. All rights reserved.  Permissions granted under CCLI License # 11212116 

Prayer of Invocation, Lavon Baylor in “Led by Love”, p. 36

of the Congregational Church of North Stonington

You can call in by phone to the meeting at 860-787-8839
Sunday, January 24th 2021 via Zoom at 1 p.m.

Notice is hereby given to the members of the North Stonington Congregational Church of the annual meeting to be held on

The purpose of the meeting will be to:
 1.      Act upon the reports of officers and committees of the  church;
2.      Hear and act upon the report of the budget committee;
3.      Hear and act upon the report of the nominating  committee;
4.      Transact any other business proper to come before said   meeting.


We Pray For:   those affected by the CoVID-19; the grieving; those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; those working to bear the burdens of others, and the healing of:  Stephanie Murray; Anita Ames; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Brian Boldt, Seya Bishop, Janet Allen; Joyce Cook; Duane Witter; John Wohlleber; Deb Janda; George McCullen (and wife Arline); George Danley; Mark Ball (Pat Danley’s son); Marj Misovich; Tom Tuzzio (Beth Thompson’s father); Dave Larson; Louis Foster; Mike Lane; Mary Bliven; Levi Melia, and for his parents Charlotte and Drew; Abby Devolve;  Ron Robbins; Beth Witter; and Monica Eppinger; and Don Judge after a fall and in care.  
  Our sympathy to Irene Donald and family on the death of her sister, Harriett, on January 19.

 The new Flower and Light the Steeple calendars are up and waiting for you to pick a date to celebrate a special occasion or remember a loved one.  You can still provide flowers for the recorded service.  Call the office to check on available dates.

Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention! … And God said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity.”  Isaiah 49:1 & 3-4

                I read a story about a family man, a man of faith, who was deported to Haiti who continues to support his family, maintain a sense of humor, and found a way to begin again.  But he often feels his work is in vain.  He is like many who work, and have worked, for fair practices, for equality, for justice, and for peace in our world.  How many times, I wonder did people like Dorothy Day or Rev. Dr. King or Ghandi or Gloria Steinem, among others, wonder if they toiled in vain?  Would their work ever make a difference in one person’s life, never mind the world? 
                Those questions remind me of the story of the child throwing stranded starfish back into the sea, one at a time.  Told that there was no way she could make a difference for all those starfish she replied:  I did for that one.”
                Isaiah acknowledges how God knows us before we are born and gives us purpose.  That we should never give up, because God has more in store – that in our faith we can be “a light” so God’s saving presence will be known to the ends of the earth. 
                O Lord, let us never give up the hard work of justice and peace, even if it means we only help one, for one is enough. Amen.                -Sue Latourette

Global Ministries Prayers for Lebanon:  We come before You, our God and Creator, with hearts bewildered by the struggles that continue to overwhelm us physically, emotionally, economically, and spiritually. Even as the new year begins we find it difficult to see new hope and new beginnings or see changes for the better in the lives of the people of Lebanon, and the world. We find comfort in knowing that Your love for us does not change.  Guide us to open our hearts to You.  Make us eager to accept your invitation to repent and believe your Good News. Only in You can we find rest; our hope comes from You alone!  We trust in You and know will tell of your unchanging with the world.  Amen


Our Ministers:  the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, pastorsuel@yahoo.com
Michael G.  Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton      
Office hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 am -1 pm

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Our mailing address is:                                         Website:  www.northstoningtonucc.com
89 Main Street, P.O. Box 66  
North Stonington CT  06359

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